Samsung has reportedly kicked-off the mass production of its Galaxy S7-bound Exynos 8890 chip

Samsung has reportedly kicked-off the mass production of its Galaxy S7-bound Exynos 8890 chip
The rumor mill is churning rumors on an hourly basis and it's quite easy to get lost in all the speculations that flow around. One of the latest rumors that hit us regards a Samsung chipset that will most likely dethrone the Exynos 7420 and become the most powerful entity in the maker's chip portfolio. 

Dubbed the Exynos 8890, the chip is now rumored to already be in production, a little earlier than the previously-hinted December manufacturing kick-off. Samsung is prepping itself to put it in one of the version of its upcoming Galaxy S7 flagship

Could this mean that Samsung wants to push the announcement of this anticipated handset earlier than expected? Well, such a thought is not ridiculous at all. As a reminder, the latter is expected to hit us in February 2016 and arrive in two versions - one with the already-mentioned Exynos 8890 and another one with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip.

As far as the Exynos 8890 is concerned, previously leaked info suggested that it's an octa-core, 64-bit silicon clocked at 2.4GHz. We believe it will be powered by custom ARMv8 cores. Similar to the Exynos 7420, the upcoming Samsung chipset is once again expected to be built on a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process, which is currently the lowest the giant can go. The more memorable of you probably remember that Sammy is gearing to switch to a superior 10nm manufacturing process sometime in late 2016. This means that the Exynos 8890's chances of being a 10nm chipset are essentially zero.

Geekbench benchmarks allegedly showing how the Exynos 8890 might perform also popped up, and while these need to be taken with lots of salt, they hint that Samsung's upcoming chip might certainly impress. To sum it up, the silicon scored 2,304 points in Geekbench's single-thread test, as well as 8,038 points in the multi-thread one. Simply put, this is 1.75 times better than Apple A9's multi-thread result and merely 1.1 times punier in the single-thread test.

It's about to get quite interesting on the chipset market in the coming months, considering that the Exynos 8890 is reportedly just one of the three new chips Samsung is preparing.


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